Lenah Valley retail precinct upgrade


Lord Mayor Sue Hickey and Civil Projects Team Leader Josh Wilkins cracked the soil today at Lenah Valley as the project commenced its construction phase. In the months ahead the shopping precinct will receive loads of work including an overhaul of services, asset upgrades, street trees, funky furniture and various artworks. Stay tuned for updates as the City of Hobart upgrades Lenah Valley.


The consultation period for this project has now concluded.

The City of Hobart sought feedback from the community on the concept design for the Lenah Valley Retail Precinct. The concept design was developed by the City’s project officers along with a community based project action team. These designs were open for public comment during the month of February.

As a result of this public consultation, Council officers have reviewed all feedback received and have amended the concept plans to reflect the community's views. The Revised Concept Plans and Stakeholder Feedback Report will be presented to Council on 8 May 2017.

A fact sheet on the changes to on-street parking is also available for viewing.


The upgrade will make the Lenah Valley retail precinct a more accessible and attractive community place.
Proposed improvements will include:

  • footpath widening on the southern side allowing for more comfortable pedestrian movement and opportunities for outdoor dining.
  • New paving and kerbs, street trees, seating, signage, lighting and public art will breathe new life into this local main street.
  • It will be easier to cross the road with two upgraded median island crossing points and level pedestrian crossing treatments across Greenway Avenue and Courtney Street.
  • A new accessible parking space near the chemist and a 2.4m wide clear path of travel against the building line will provide better access for people with disabilities.
  • An uphill bike lane and bike parking will be included in the upgrade in response to growing numbers of people riding bikes in the area and to encourage active transport.


Works are planned to commence in October 2017 and will be completed in the first half of 2018.


Lord Mayor Sue Hickey and Civil Projects Team Leader Josh Wilkins cracked the soil today at Lenah Valley as the project commenced its construction phase. In the months ahead the shopping precinct will receive loads of work including an overhaul of services, asset upgrades, street trees, funky furniture and various artworks. Stay tuned for updates as the City of Hobart upgrades Lenah Valley.


The consultation period for this project has now concluded.

The City of Hobart sought feedback from the community on the concept design for the Lenah Valley Retail Precinct. The concept design was developed by the City’s project officers along with a community based project action team. These designs were open for public comment during the month of February.

As a result of this public consultation, Council officers have reviewed all feedback received and have amended the concept plans to reflect the community's views. The Revised Concept Plans and Stakeholder Feedback Report will be presented to Council on 8 May 2017.

A fact sheet on the changes to on-street parking is also available for viewing.


The upgrade will make the Lenah Valley retail precinct a more accessible and attractive community place.
Proposed improvements will include:

  • footpath widening on the southern side allowing for more comfortable pedestrian movement and opportunities for outdoor dining.
  • New paving and kerbs, street trees, seating, signage, lighting and public art will breathe new life into this local main street.
  • It will be easier to cross the road with two upgraded median island crossing points and level pedestrian crossing treatments across Greenway Avenue and Courtney Street.
  • A new accessible parking space near the chemist and a 2.4m wide clear path of travel against the building line will provide better access for people with disabilities.
  • An uphill bike lane and bike parking will be included in the upgrade in response to growing numbers of people riding bikes in the area and to encourage active transport.


Works are planned to commence in October 2017 and will be completed in the first half of 2018.

  • Project background

    about 2 years ago
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    “Main streets are the focal points of our towns, villages and cities. They are the places where we meet friends, share lunch, spend time and shop. A town without a quality main street is missing out on the most fundamental of public spaces, and its residents forgo the social atmosphere of a thrumming communal space. There is a broad appeal to quality main streets, so it makes sense to invest in good ones” MRCagney, 2015

    In spring 2015, the City of Hobart and a team of consultants undertook a program of community engagement to identify and prioritise streetscape upgrades for...

    “Main streets are the focal points of our towns, villages and cities. They are the places where we meet friends, share lunch, spend time and shop. A town without a quality main street is missing out on the most fundamental of public spaces, and its residents forgo the social atmosphere of a thrumming communal space. There is a broad appeal to quality main streets, so it makes sense to invest in good ones” MRCagney, 2015

    In spring 2015, the City of Hobart and a team of consultants undertook a program of community engagement to identify and prioritise streetscape upgrades for retail precincts across Hobart’s local areas. An innovative ‘tactical urbanism’ approach was employed. Pop-up style events were held in local areas, and communities were able to trial a range of temporary traffic interventions and streetscape improvements. Participants designed, organised, tested and proved their bold concepts, and the communities had a lot of fun in the process.

    The Lenah Valley village community staged a highly successful event where a number of interventions were trialled. A master plan was then developed by the consultants which recommends the following improvements:

    • Increased footpath space on the southern side of Augusta Road to provide a people focussed space
    • High quality finishes
    • Introducing deciduous trees to the street where they can be achieved
    • Improved road crossings for pedestrians
    • Where possible make the addition of an accessible car parking space
    • New street furniture including bench seating
    Read more about this process in the Hobart Local Retail Precincts Plan in the Related Documents Section.